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11-21

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Pitchers: The Top Tier
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Doug Thorburn

11-10

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Raising Aces: Partners in Crime: The Long Home Runs of 2014
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Doug Thorburn

10-31

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Raising Aces: Bum Deal
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Doug Thorburn

10-24

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Raising Aces: Ghosts of World Series Past
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Doug Thorburn

10-17

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Raising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

10-14

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot, Reliever Edition
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Doug Thorburn

10-03

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Raising Aces: Daniel Norris, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

09-30

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Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot
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Doug Thorburn

09-19

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Raising Aces: Carlos in Charge
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Doug Thorburn

09-12

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Raising Aces: Angelic Arms
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Doug Thorburn

09-05

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Raising Aces: Cub Replacement Level
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Doug Thorburn

08-29

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Raising Aces: Mis-Priced
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Doug Thorburn

08-22

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Raising Aces: Police and Thieves
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Doug Thorburn

08-15

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Raising Aces: Have Pitch Counts Gone Too Far?
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Doug Thorburn

08-08

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Raising Aces: The Road to Recovery
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Doug Thorburn

08-01

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Raising Aces: The Rabbit Hole
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Doug Thorburn

07-25

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Raising Aces: Shelby Miller's Fall From Grace
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Doug Thorburn

07-18

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Raising Aces: Outta Nowhere
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Doug Thorburn

07-11

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Raising Aces: Breakout Breakdown: Corey Kluber and Garrett Richards
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Doug Thorburn

06-27

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Raising Aces: Houston, We Have Lift-Off
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Doug Thorburn

06-20

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Raising Aces: A Tale of Two Aces
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Doug Thorburn

06-13

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Three
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Doug Thorburn

06-06

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part Two
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Doug Thorburn

05-30

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Raising Aces: Under the Hood of the 2014 Draft, Part One
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Doug Thorburn

05-23

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Raising Aces: Going Vertical
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Doug Thorburn

05-16

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Raising Aces: The Injury Puzzle
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Doug Thorburn

05-09

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Raising Aces: Making Setup Man Magic
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Doug Thorburn

05-02

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Raising Aces: Too Early to Worry?
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Doug Thorburn

04-25

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Raising Aces: Too Soon to Swoon?
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Doug Thorburn

04-18

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Raising Aces: Masahiro Tanaka, the Debut Ante
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Doug Thorburn

04-11

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Raising Aces: Starting Pitcher Four-Pack
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Doug Thorburn

04-04

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Raising Aces: The Aces of Opening Day
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Doug Thorburn

03-28

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Raising Aces: Out on a Limb: 2014 Pitcher Predictions
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Doug Thorburn

03-21

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Eddie Butler, Tyler Glasnow, and Alex Meyer
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Doug Thorburn

03-14

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jonathan Gray
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Doug Thorburn

03-07

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Raising Aces: Over the Radar 2.0
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Doug Thorburn

03-03

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Raising Aces: Under the Gun 2.0
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Doug Thorburn

02-28

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Andrew Heaney
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Doug Thorburn

02-21

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Raising Aces: Organizational Trends: Looking for Mechanical Hallmarks
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Doug Thorburn

02-14

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez
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Doug Thorburn

02-07

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Archie Bradley
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Doug Thorburn

01-31

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Raising Aces: The Evolution of Pitching Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

01-24

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Fade to Black and White
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Doug Thorburn

01-17

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees 1980-89
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Doug Thorburn

01-10

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Raising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Hall of Fame Inductees of 1990-94
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Doug Thorburn

01-03

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Raising Aces: The Good Old Days: Nolan Ryan
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Doug Thorburn

12-27

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Raising Aces: Examining Masahiro Tanaka's Mechanics
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Doug Thorburn

12-20

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Julio Urias
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Doug Thorburn

12-13

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon
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Doug Thorburn

12-06

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Raising Aces: Diff'rent Strikes
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November 21, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Free Agent Pitchers: The Top Tier

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Doug Thorburn

Significant money will be handed out to a trio of arms this offseason, so how their mechanics grade out is certainly of great interest.

There is a thick crop of free agent pitchers this offseason, including a trio of arms at the top of the class who will likely command nine-figure deals with commitments of at least five years apiece. Pitching mechanics take on greater importance in these cases, given the long-term timeframe and the heavy cost expenditure; the physical elements of the delivery play a role in a pitcher's ability to consistently execute his pitches, the reliability of his performance, his injury risk, and his long-term adaptability as stuff naturally wanes and these pitchers get further from their physical peak.

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November 10, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Partners in Crime: The Long Home Runs of 2014

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Doug Thorburn

The longest long balls of the season are broken down.

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October 31, 2014 12:18 pm

Raising Aces: Bum Deal

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Doug Thorburn

Madison Bumgarner dominated in an unfamiliar role on Wednesday night to help the Giants claim their third World Series in five years. How did he do it?

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The dominant arms of Octobers long ago are broken down mechanically.

The thrills of the 2014 postseason have harkened memories of my childhood, when every playoff game carried extra significance due to my lack of postseason experience. Back then, it seemed that each World Series was personified by a single starting pitcher who led his club to victory, and the awards reflect that particular narrative – a starting pitcher was named the MVP in six of the seven World Series from 1985 to 1991, yet starters have accounted for just five of the 21 series' MVP awards since.

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October 17, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Brandon Finnegan, the Debut Ante

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Doug Thorburn

The young lefty has ascended through the Royals system in just a few months and now finds himself being used in high-leverage situations during a World Series run. But is his future as a starter or in the pen?

Just four months ago, Brandon Finnegan showed up in these pages as part of a three-part review of the 2014 draft. Now, he has a shot at a World Series ring.

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October 14, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot, Reliever Edition

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Doug Thorburn

The best pitches delivered by relief pitchers in 2014 are broken down.

Two weeks ago, we covered the best stuff among starting pitchers for the 2014 season, and this time we tackle the relievers. The same rules apply, with a mix of objective and subjective info determining the finalists, and categories split into fastballs, breaking balls, and off-speed. But before we dive into the best reliever stuff of 2014, let's review the polling results from the starter edition.

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October 3, 2014 10:33 am

Raising Aces: Daniel Norris, the Debut Ante

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Doug Thorburn

Daniel Norris looked strong in his first taste of the big leagues and still has room to grow.

The Blue Jays have opened up the coffers of their pitching-rich farm system in 2014. Marcus Stroman (the top prospect in the system preseason) has established himself as a rotation fixture while Aaron Sanchez (prospect no. two) may have found a home in the Toronto bullpen. The newest addition is left-hander Daniel Norris, ranked fourth in the organization entering the year (just missing the BP Top 101), and who bumped up to no. 33 in the BP mid-season rankings. Norris made his big-league debut on September 5th, and after four appearances out of the bullpen he was given his first big-league start, toeing the rubber at home against the Mariners in game number 159.

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September 30, 2014 10:22 am

Raising Aces: Stuffing the Ballot

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Doug Thorburn

The best "stuff" of 2014.

With the end of the regular season comes the start of awards season, kicking off debates over the ballplayers who had the most remarkable performances in 2014. MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year—these are the mainstream awards that will be wrestled over the next month—but here at Raising Aces we like to acknowledge another set of awards: the best stuff of the past season.

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September 19, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Carlos in Charge

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Doug Thorburn

On Carlos Carrasco's excellent six weeks in Cleveland

The Cleveland Indians retain the slimmest hopes of postseason baseball, but the team could be surprisingly dangerous in October if they happen to get red hot for the final week of regular-season play. The emergence of Corey Kluber has given the Tribe a legitimate ace who can face off against any pitcher in the American League, but the meteoric rise of another pitcher has caught the rest of the league off guard while giving Cleveland a potentially devastating one-two punch at the front of their rotation.

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September 12, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Angelic Arms

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Doug Thorburn

The lesser-known Angels starters have kept the rotation above water.

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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Cub Replacement Level

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Doug Thorburn

How have Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada done so well replacing Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel?

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August 29, 2014 6:00 am

Raising Aces: Mis-Priced

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Doug Thorburn

David Price allowed eight earned runs without getting out of the third inning. How did that happen?

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